Oswego bar reviews #3 — Alley Cat

The Alley Cat is best described as the typical every-weekend dive bar, particularly one where Oswego State athletes and students alike come to party. The facility features a sporty atmosphere, with sports figure graphics lining the walls and a booming sound system. Being that it’s regular hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., its limited hours forced me to visit during a specialty night known as “Questmas Eve.”

The Alley Cat on Tuesday’s Questmas Eve looks just as it does on a regular Friday or Saturday night. A big, run-down, wooden bar with plenty of room to dance. Some not-so-new floors were just installed during the week, which didn’t really add to its internal appeal; but they were cleaner than normal.

I once again ordered my favorite, a Long Island Iced Tea. Normally, $7 for this size drink should have exceptional quality. Unfortunately, that’s not what I found here. The biggest flaw with the drink was the excessive amount of sour mix the bartender added in. It felt like I was drinking a spiked version of Mountain Dew — not how a proper Long Island is supposed to taste.

Service was speedy, but only because I was the only person there. It wasn’t very friendly; the bartender was in the middle of stocking cabinets when I asked for the drink, and she was a bit snappy.

The bathrooms were about as clean as it gets for a dive bar, well before everyone else has arrived, so nothing impressive to speak of in that department. The lights and music are very entertaining at 1:30 in the morning, but the drink recipes could use an overhaul.